The pilot CPHs are hosted by a local not-for-profit organisation that works to co-ordinate and foster community energy in each pilot location. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and mobilises local action on climate change. It does this while building the knowledge and participation of what community energy is locally, helping to build local capacity and skills, and making sure the benefits remain local and are realised.
Each of the pilot CPHs have established their own governance structure. These generally include; A Project Control Group to ensure that the funds are used appropriately and the intent and principles of the CPH are being followed; A Roundtable Advisory Group made up diverse local membership to ensure that any local community energy projects initiated by the CPH fit within the renewable energy strategic direction of the region; and a number of Working Groups such as technical, legal, finance and communications to facilitate and progress each of the community energy projects identified through community consultation.
How that translates into on the ground action can be demonstrated by this example.
A local community group want to do a community energy project but don’t know where to start.
They contact the CPH to discuss their ideas and it is shaped in a proposal.
The CPH take this proposal to the CPH advisory group that is made up of community representatives, council, government reps, passionate locals and local businesses. The CPH provide support though their respective working groups in assessing the feasibility, developing technical and finance options and suggested next steps for the project proposal.
The developed project is provided back to the community group for implementation and the CPH can keep a level of support through the whole project process.